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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2010
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If you've read many books about homeschooling, you've probably started to notice that a lot of them are saying exactly the same thing. Not many stand out from the crowd as being different, offering unique and truly helpful information for homeschoolers.

Debra Bell's The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens is not your typical book on homeschooling. I would even venture to say that it is the definitive book on homeschooling teens. If you homeschool middle schoolers or teens, this is the one book you need to make sure you have on your shelf.

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens is organized into nine main sections, each of which is full of practical information, clear explanations, and helpful additional resources. Here's a rundown of each section.

Part 1: Making the Decision.
If you've not yet decided for sure whether you can -- or even should -- homeschool through high school, Debra Bell spells out both the advantages and challenges. And she really lays it on the line. After you're done with this section, you'll be much more confident in your decision either for or against homeschooling your teens through high school. Even if you're already planning to go the distance, don't skip this section! It might open your eyes to unforeseen challenges in your future.

Part II: Beginning with the End in Mind
Creating your curriculum plan for your teen's high school years doesn't mean just filling up four English credits, 3-4 math credits, etc. It needs to be adapted to your teen's special gifts, abilities, and future plans. How do you do that? Debra Bell explains how you can discover your teen's gifts and adapt your curriculum choices to the demands of the changing job market.

Part III: Educating for the Real World
Not all teens are created equal, and some skills are more important in the real world than others. This section discusses how teens learn and study, and how to develop critical and creative thinking skills, those skills that are of the utmost importance in today's job market.

Part IV: The Middle School Years: Early Adolescence
If your child is not yet a high schooler, you can start preparing your child in middle school for a successful high school experience. Subject by subject, Debra Bell explains what skills middle schoolers need to develop and offers a number of resources in each subject that can be used to teach those skills.

Part V: The High School Years
This section is likewise broken down by subject. Recommended book and online resources are listed and explained for each subject category. Debra Bell also includes sections on electives, internships, and apprenticeships. Part V is pure gold for parents who are struggling with exactly how to plan curriculum for each high school subject.

Part VI: How to Do the Hard Stuff
Many parents feel ill-equipped to homeschool their children through the high school years. But that shouldn't stop them. There are a number of ways for teens to learn the difficult subjects parents may feel unprepared to teach, including tutors, mentors, co-ops, distance learning, and self-instruction. Debra Bell explains the ins and outs of each method, providing valuable links and resources for each one.

Part VII: College Credit @ Home
One of the big advantages of homeschooling through high school is the ability to earn college credit during high school. This sometimes-confusing topic is clearly explained in this section, including dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), and CLEP exams. Debra Bell even discusses how some homeschoolers can earn a full college degree from home if they choose to go that route.

Part VIII: Record Keeping
For many families, record keeping is a four-letter word. It's something that strikes fear in us the instant we hear it mentioned. In this chapter Debra Bell clearly explains several ways to award credits and grades, how to create transcripts, keep records, and produce a diploma, as well as how to create and use an effective portfolio. As usual, she includes several recommended resources for each topic.

Part IX: Next Stop: College
For those students who plan to go on to college, Debra Bell takes the mystery out of the process for homeschoolers. From how to deal with admissions officers, nailing the high-stakes tests, how to make the most of visits and interviews, and even seeking and finding financial aid, Debra Bell paints a clear picture for homeschooling parents and teens.

The Appendix
This section, spanning about 85 pages of the book, offers a variety of valuable resources. Here's a list of what's included in this section:
-Top websites for high school at home
-Ten terrific online tools
-Ten goals every teen should reach before leaving home
-Sample student transcripts, college application essays, academic resumes, and annotated resumes
-Questions to ask during a college visit
-Sample questions to prepare for a college interview
-Sample rubrics
-Middle school reading list
-College-bound reading list
-Recommended Christian literature
-Academic competitions
-Resource guide

I heartily recommend The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens for any homeschooling family with children approaching middle school.

If you don't have middle schoolers yet, you might want to pick up Debra Bell's The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling first, which is similarly spectacular, but not focused solely on the teen years.

Obligatory Disclosure:
I've owned the original The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling for many years and absolutely love it, so when I learned that Debra Bell was publishing The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens, I begged -- or rather, I "politely asked" her if she could send me a copy to review on my homeschooling blog, Five J's. At the time I asked, I was helping to design her new website (which has not yet launched yet), so thankfully she obliged. Consequently I received this book free, but my opinions in this review are entirely my own. Had I not received the book for free, I would have happily purchased it because of how much I liked Debra's first Ultimate Guide.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2011
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I found this book very helpful in planning out the 7th grade for my daughter. She has always been homeschooled and this book helped me plan her middle school experience and chart a course for high school. It was exactly what I was looking - concise information with sample transcripts, charts, and other tools for planning things ahead of time. I feel very confidant that I can continue on the homeschool journey even in the upper grades with excellent resources like this in hand. This book helps to delve into mysteries like course descriptions, resumes for teens, the place of volunteer work, credits, honors/AP credit, determining grades, and staying sane. Even as a seasoned homeschooler, the upper grades can present difficult challenges. This book is helping me plot a course.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2011
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I have read just about every book out there on homeschooling teens, and thought there wasn't much more to learn. I was wrong! This book has tons of original content. Not just ideas, but details necessary for thorough application. It is hefty, nice large print (as an aside) and has a great chapter on "Educating Teens for the Real World". Highly recommend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2012
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This is a well written book, written from the Christian perspective. It's just what I was looking for as my eldest son turns 13 this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
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We just started homeschooling our oldest daughter last year. This book gives great guidelines on what to look for, how to make sure all areas needed our covered, and some of the curriculum that they thought was good. I have used it a lot over the past year and continue to rely on it as things come up.
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on June 19, 2014
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Many years ago, as a new homeschooling mama, I stumbled upon Debra Bell's other homeschooling book. It was such a blessing to me. Now that our children are in upper middle school and heading into high school grades in the next couple of years, I was so happy to find out that Debra Bell has this book for homeschooling your teens!! Great content addressing many, many issues and great for parents of middle schoolers who plan on homeschooling throughout the high school years. A definite asset in an easy-to-read format! Great job, Debra, for sharing the wealth of your own knowledge and personal experience on this topic!!!
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on July 12, 2013
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I first read the book cover to cover, and found so much info that I needed. Now I am re-reading parts of it to plan for the new school year. I wish that I had had this book when my son started the highschool years. I have read Debra Bell's other books, and they are all informative and inspiring. I encourage all homeschooling parents to read this book over and over again. Thank you Debra Bell for sharing your wealth of experience with the rest of us!​
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
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This is the worst book I have ever encountered in terms of being NOTHING like what it is titled. The title should have been "What Christian Parents Need to Possibly Consider ever Homeschooling". This is one family's story and a bunch of fluff that's all free on the internet. There is nothing in this book that is remotely helpful or unique. This book should have made it clear that it was only about Christian parenting and nothing else. Seriously, I want my money back.
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on May 24, 2013
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This book has such great information for parents who homeschool their middle and high school kids. I only wish I would have bought the book when my kids were 12 years old so I would have been better prepared. Highly recommended!
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29 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
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Use the "Look Inside" feature to checkout this book before buying it. If you are Christian, you will probably be happy. If you are not, then you might want to reconsider how much Christian religious input you are willing to read through to reach the rest of the content in this book. I think this could easily have been titled "The Ultimate Christian Guide to Homeschooling Teens."
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